ALCO Dems give some incumbents the cold shoulder in Oakland, Berkeley, San Leandro

Alameda County Democrats typically have a high bar when it comes to advocating for the removal of one of their own from office. While a number of Democratic incumbents for races this November in Alameda County failed to receive the party's endorsement over the weekend, in only four occasions, did the party choose to back … Continue reading ALCO Dems give some incumbents the cold shoulder in Oakland, Berkeley, San Leandro

Alameda County Dems make their choices for November

Alameda County Democrats ended the arduous process for selecting endorsements for the Nov. 3 election on Saturday afternoon. One hundred fifty Democrats were initially interviewed over the past month for the valuable endorsements. In addition, Alameda County Democratic Central Committee members heard an additional seven hours of interviews on Saturday before finalizing their choices. Here's … Continue reading Alameda County Dems make their choices for November

Alameda County Dems call on candidates to pledge they will not accept money from the sheriff, related police unions

A call from the statewide Democratic Party to rid itself of political contributions from police unions is filtering down to the local level. The Alameda County Democratic Party Central Committee approved a resolution on Wednesday that calls on elected officials and candidates in this fall election to pledge they will not accept contributions from the … Continue reading Alameda County Dems call on candidates to pledge they will not accept money from the sheriff, related police unions

ALCOD1: Fremont mayors, past and present, are taking sides

The campaign epicenter for the race in the open Alameda County Board of Supervisors seat in District 1 is moving to Fremont. The Tri-Valley portion of the district encompasses roughly half of the supervisorial district. A large portion of Fremont makes up the other half. But the current Fremont mayor's apparent choice for replacing retiring … Continue reading ALCOD1: Fremont mayors, past and present, are taking sides

On second thought, Haggerty splits support for his successor

At the end of Sunday's two-and-a-half-hour candidate forum in Pleasanton, state Sen. Bob Wieckowski praised retiring Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty for his two-decades-plus service in District 1, but neglected to mention the outgoing supervisor's endorsement of his campaign to replace him. Moments later, Dublin Vice Mayor Melissa Hernandez touted Haggerty's endorsement as her own, … Continue reading On second thought, Haggerty splits support for his successor

Labor opposition to Steve Glazer grows; teachers back Marisol Rubio

Fresh off a successful denial of an important Democratic Party endorsement for incumbent Seventh District state Sen. Steve Glazer, challenger Marisol Rubio received the endorsements Wednesday from the California Federation of Teachers and California School Employees Association. Both unions are typically heavy participants in legislative races, especially those that could be highlighted by the issue … Continue reading Labor opposition to Steve Glazer grows; teachers back Marisol Rubio

Wieckowski receives major labor endorsement

Alameda County's largest and most politically active union is backing state Sen. Bob Wieckowski for next year's open Alameda County Board of Supervisors seat in District 1. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1021 announced its support for Wieckowski's bid to replace Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty, who is not seeking re-election to his … Continue reading Wieckowski receives major labor endorsement

Chan endorses successor to Haggerty’s open supervisor seat

Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan has served the past seven years as the lone female voice on the rough and tumble Board of Supervisors. On Thursday, Chan issued her support for the candidate who is currently the lone woman in the race for the wide-open Alameda County supervisorial race in District 1. Chan announced her … Continue reading Chan endorses successor to Haggerty’s open supervisor seat

No. Scott Haggerty is not running for re-election, he just likes chili

For months Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty looked and sounded a little less rambunctious than normal. Last May, he surprised many by announcing he would step down next year as District 1 county supervisor. But a flyer promoting his annual chili cook-off re-election fundraiser on July 26 is throwing people for a loop. Haggerty has … Continue reading No. Scott Haggerty is not running for re-election, he just likes chili

Someone is doing polling in CA15, and it appears to be Swalwell. Was he spooked by the results?

Within two weeks of Eric Swalwell announcing he was dropping out of the presidential primary race and seeking re-election to his congressional seat, polling was being conducted in the Tri-Valley that floated a number of challengers for his 15th District seat. Who conducted the poll is unknown, but one of the questions is intended to … Continue reading Someone is doing polling in CA15, and it appears to be Swalwell. Was he spooked by the results?

Two Bay Area assemblymembers endorse Wahab’s campaign for Congress

Just as Rep. Eric Swalwell continues to hint with greater frequency that he will end his presidential campaign sooner than later and run for re-election in the 15th Congressional District, Hayward Councilmember Aisha Wahab is moving forward with her nascent run for Congress. On Thursday she received the endorsement of East Bay Assemblymember Buffy Wicks. … Continue reading Two Bay Area assemblymembers endorse Wahab’s campaign for Congress

Second Oakland council race features slate of women seeking to defeat men backed by Schaaf

The voting bloc formed by District 4 candidates Pam Harris, Nayeli Maxson, and Sheng Thao is called the "Women's Leadership Slate."

AC Dems: Guillen caps surprising comeback; Schaaf wins endorsement

About six weeks ago, Oakland Councilmember Abel Guillen's re-election chances appeared shockingly grim after a concerted effort by some labor groups to block his bid for the critical Alameda County Democratic Party endorsement. But in recent days, Guillen's supporters cobbled together a coalition that was able to edge out his upstart challenger Nikki Fortunato Bas … Continue reading AC Dems: Guillen caps surprising comeback; Schaaf wins endorsement

Guillén defenders come to his aid in effort to stave off challenger’s bid for Dem endorsement

The powerful SEIU Local 1021 union and an influential Oakland advocacy group last month sent scathing letters to members of the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee in an effort to block the endorsement of Oakland District 2 Councilmember Abel Guillén. Just days before the central committee is set to make a decision this Saturday for … Continue reading Guillén defenders come to his aid in effort to stave off challenger’s bid for Dem endorsement

AC Dems endorsement meeting Saturday includes 28 mini-forums; may last 10 hours

The meeting is expected to possibly last 10 hours and include 27 mini-forums for races all over Alameda County.